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The Kid Stays in the Picture: A Hollywood Life Paperback – 19 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Evans; Main edition (19 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571219314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571219315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Don't even try to put it down."--Janet Maslin, New York Times

"The best Hollywood memoir I've ever read!"--Michael Fleming, "Variety"

"A naughty, outrageous, and wild ride--and perhaps the best Hollywood memoir ever written."--"Publishers Weekly"

"Don't even try to put it down."--Janet Maslin, "New York Times"

"The book plays like a raunchy, randy Hollywood fairy tale about a prince who lost it all only to win it all back through pluck, charm, and persistence. . . Is it a good book? Try great. Enduring. One for the ages."--Nathan Rabin, "The Onion" A.V. Club

"[An] incendiary and candid memoir."--"Huffington Post"

Top Three Greatest Hollywood Tell-Alls--"Entertainment Weekly"

The best Hollywood memoir I ve ever read! --Michael Fleming, "Variety""

A naughty, outrageous, and wild ride--and perhaps the best Hollywood memoir ever written. --"Publishers Weekly""

Don t even try to put it down. --Janet Maslin, "New York Times""

The book plays like a raunchy, randy Hollywood fairy tale about a prince who lost it all only to win it all back through pluck, charm, and persistence. . . Is it a good book? Try great. Enduring. One for the ages. --Nathan Rabin, "The Onion" A.V. Club"

[An] incendiary and candid memoir. --"Huffington Post"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Far more expansive than You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, The Kid Stays in the Picture by Hollywood giant and legendary "bad boy" Robert Evans is an intimate and fascinating account of his rise, fall, and rise again in show business that makes for a harrowing read. From his early days in radio to popularizing "women in pants" as part of Evan-Picone, to being "discovered" by Norma Shearer and Darryl Zanuck, to, bizarrely enough, becoming the first actor to ever run a motion picture studio, this is a page-turning autobiography more gripping than fiction at its best. Under Evans's aegis, Paramount Pictures went from the cellar to the penthouse, with such movies as The Odd Couple, Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. From Errol Flynn, Ava Gardner, and Jimmy Cagney to Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, and Sharon Stone, here is Hollywood, revealed as never before. Gambling with Mike Todd; fighting Francis Coppola; cajoling Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway; on the hot seat with Charles Bluhdorn and Stanley Jaffe, Robert Evans, the producer's producer, has seen and done it all. Laced throughout this roller-coaster read are his fascinating liaisons with some of the world's most beautiful women, including his marriage and divorce to Ali MacGraw and Phyllis George. The Kid Stays in the Picture not only chronicles Hollywood's last half century, but its second golden age as well. This is a man whose life journey unfolds far more adventurously than any of the films he's produced. His candor is shocking: the lurid dark years of the '80s; his cocaine arrest; his implication in what were dubbed the "Cotton ClubMurders"; his thoughts of suicide; his self-committal and escape from a mental institution. And lastly, the impossible! Being back in the catbird seat of power, once again sending shock waves through Hollywood and the world. Already hailed by Variety as "one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever published", The Kid Stays in the Picture is one life story you'll never forget. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By A Customer on 9 Feb. 2006
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I've read a lot of film books, and this one immediately went to the pile of Best Ever, alongside other classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. Robert Evans is one of the most unique and entertaining narrators I've come across. You can practically hear his gravelly voice as you read.
It's quite a life he's led - produced Chinatown and Love Story, married to Ali McGraw who famously left him for Steve McQueen, busted for drugs, name dragged through the mud, pals with Jack Nicholson (who, when Evans was depressed and sold his house to a Frenchman, flew to France to beg the man to sell his house back to Evans again - who can say Jack is their estate agent?). I love this book because, whilst you don't quite believe all the facts you are reading, you completely understand how Evans got where he is today: through optimism and charm. It's catching. It's got a touch of the expose about it but really, this book is a manual to becoming the toast of Hollywood without really knowing what you are doing. As long as you've got the nerve. You really can't help but like him, the cheeky devil.
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Robert Evans is a great character. He spares no-one in this tell-it-like-it-is autobiography - least of all himself. Evans must have packed more into his first 30 years than the rest of us achieve in 70: Certainly more marriages; more deals; more living on the edge.
Robert Evans has seen the highs and lows of Hollywood. The Paramount mountain remains a metaphor for his ups and downs as actor, producer and head of studios.
If you like Hollywood gossip, you'll love this - numerous relationships with a whole range of glamorous women from Ava Gardner to Ali McGraw to Raquel Welch (naming just three of many). Perhaps the most interesting relationships are those with men including Warren Beatty, Roman Polanski, Henry Kissinger and Jack Nicholson.
This book is more a series of anecdotes than a biography in strict chronological order. Some great stories and very entertaining.
It would be easy to say that Robert Evans is prone to exaggeration (some of the stories are a little wild), but he certainly has produced an entertaining book - perhaps the highlight of his creative life.
I enjoyed it, and it made me laugh.
The talking book is also worth listening to if you get the chance.
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I consider myself very fortunate to have met Robert Evans after reading this terrific autobiography, when he was in the UK doing a Q&A tour for the documentary made of the same title. He was around 75 at the time I think and had suffered a triple stroke a few years earlier, but I noticed that he still only had eyes for the ladies in room he graced, which amused me given his self-confessed and well-earned reputation.

This is the quintessential Hollywood Biography – with salubrious name-dropping on every page, and is very much a perfect companion piece to the (also excellent) Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, which documents the same era - from the late sixties to the end of the seventies. The era in which Bob Evans reigned at Paramount, taking it from bottom to top with films including Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story, The Godfather and Chinatown.

Much has been written about Robert Evans and his success and then long fall from grace, and in The Kid you get his side of the story – which he graciously admits is just one side at the very outset. However, I can’t help but feel that there is a lot of sour grapes out there with regards to Bob, as is the case when anyone sees huge success from out of almost nowhere. However, Bob’s friendship with (alleged) mob lawyer Sidney Korshak and other powerful people in the industry no doubt played a part in his meteoric rise. But, unlike so many others he had the charisma in the first place for those people to want to back him to the hilt – as well as film-star looks and a bed-post so notched with conquests that it probably raised his standing among the guys – ladies men such as Jack Nicholson – who became a life-long friend and confidant.
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This guy was a misogynistic wally, but seems to have had a natural instinct for the motion picture industry that cannot be denied, whatever you may think of his philandering and drug taking. The book contains an interesting piece of foresight into the career of Mickey Rourke incidentally, who, at the time of writing, has suffered a career death in Hollywood and was persona non grata around town. Evans predicts his comeback, and indeed it would appear he has been absolutely correct with Rourke now back on the Hollywood A list. A very interesting if not entirely likeable guy. Fascinating read.
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This has to be one the best inside Hollywood books ever written. Robert Evans Actor turned Paramount Production head turned the studio around from the dark uncertain days of the mid sixties to the glory of, Rosemary's Baby, The Godfather Pts 1 & 2 and Love Story. Evans cuts a path through Hollywood like a man possessed with a desire to see Paramount rise from the ashes of its bloated existence. The cast list is far greater than any Hollywood epic before or since as Evans counts Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty as close friends. His use of Godfather terminology and the importance of his brother highlight his passion for loyalty.
Although Evans has lead shall we say a full life the cost of this on him personally has been great. Divorce (many times), Public Disgrace on a murder charge that he had nothing to do with, and a predatory attitude towards women which is at times far from honourable. He counts his son Joshua as his greatest production but saw the breakdown of his marriage caused by a movie. This man was married to the movies and no-one else.
If you love the movies then by this book. It will certainly open your eyes to the goings on behind the scenes and in the ivory towers of Hollywood and one mans struggle to make great movies.
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